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Band continues, talks underway

KATHMANDU:  General life conditions across the nation remained paralyzed on Monday as Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) continued its three day band.
In comparison to Sunday irate attack on press and public vehicles, today the band remained peaceful.
Though band enforcers had vandalized dozens of press vehicles and thrashed press personals, today the scenario changed dramatically.
In Koteshwor chowk of capital, the band enforcers welcomed Press personals with Khada and garlands and while other Kiranti girls and boys performed Kiranti dance and songs.
Transportation, academic institutions, offices, factories and other general public services remained closed down.
Commuters were seen on the street making their way to their destinations on foot from morning.
Meanwhile, the agitators and government are in talks with the Prime Ministers Dr. Baburam Bhattarai. Though Peace and Reconstruction Minister Top Bahadur Rayamajhi had called NEFIN for talks, it had refused to hold talks with the Prime Minister only.
Delegates of NEFIN and the government talk’s team have settled at the Special Committee’s Secretariat in Constituent Assembly Hall in New Baneshwor.
Before sitting for talks, NEFIN had set two conditions for sitting for talks:

a. Medical expenses to those who have been injured during bandh in clash with police.

b. Release those who have been detained in course of demonstration.

NEFIN had taken to streets on Sunday demanding unitary-ethnic-identity federal states and to remove Bahun, Chhetris, Dasnamis and other caste groups from the indigenous list.

Published Date: Sunday, May 20th, 2012 | 08:39 PM

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